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Bryan_Adkins
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LQY
Con (against)

Innovation and automation is worth the reduction of jobs

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Started: 6/26/2017 Category: Politics
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Bryan_Adkins

Pro

The advancement of technology has been extremely beneficial to society, but a growing trend has been occurring of automation. As automation increases, it begins to replace jobs and decrease positions in the job market and also makes it difficult for first time workers because entry level position will then require certain levels of proficiency that previously were unrequired. However, automation increases the standards of living and is overall beneficial for the majority.
LQY

Con

I would like to point out that while it is true that advancement of technology has begun replacing jobs, it cannot be said that the number of jobs is decreasing.

From The Straits Times 24 June 2017 A40:
"Philip Auerswald in his book 'The Coming Prosperity' mentioned that, whenever machine and tools substituted one type of human capability, new human experiences and capabilities actually emerged."

However, this claim is another debate on its own.

I disagree that innovation and automation are worth the reduction of jobs.

"However, automation increases the standards of living and is overall beneficial for the majority."

I believe that the opposition would agree with me that at least 30% of the world's workers are doing menial and mundane jobs that can be replaced with technology (Assumption). Replacing these workers' jobs with automation would means that these people will be jobless. Furthermore, since most jobs will be automated, it increases the difficulty of finding a job. With the rising costs of living around the world, people need jobs to survive and to take care of their families.

No doubt automation increases the standards of living, but overall beneficial for the majority is questionable.
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